Gallery Scene: Opening This Week

Excellent options in visual art this week: Two openings at the University of Houston, an exhibit of rarely-seen modern and contemporary works at the Menil and two closing receptions. Here's our roundup of places to see fresh artwork and enjoy some free-flowing booze.

Peter Precourt - "Katrina Chronicles: Origins" Reflections on Hurricane Katrina from a UH grad and the current coordinator of art and assistant professor of painting at the University of Maine at Augusta. Opens tonight, August 26, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., On view through October 7, University of Houston 4th Floor Projects Gallery, (713) 743-3001.

"Gabriel Kuri / Amy Patton" Kuri, a material archivist who collects the remnants of monetary exchanges and consumed goods; his sculptures and collages explore material consumption. Amy Patton screens her recent experiments in performance and theater that employ sound, text, and voiceover to explore the ways image and meaning are constructed. Opening reception Friday, August 27, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., UH Blaffer Museum of Art, 4800 Calhoun. 713-743-2255.

Earth Paint Paper Wood: Recent Acquisitions Exhibition of important, rarely shown works added to the collection by gift, purchase, and bequest, many of which remain unknown to museum visitors. Opens Friday, August 27; on view through November 28, Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross, 713 525-9400

And two closing receptions:

"Trifecta Perfecta" Mixed media work by three recent UH Art Master's degree recipients. Closing reception Friday, August 27, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Darke Gallery, 320 B Detering, 713-542-3802

"SPIN 6: Spin on Summer" Exhibit of contributing photographers' summer-themed photos. Closing reception Saturday, August 27, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m., Houston Center for Photography, 1141 W Alabama, 713-529-4755. $15 admission includes live music, drinks and bites.

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